St. Bernard Dog
Weight: Usually between 140 and 264 pounds (64–120 kg), but there are many that fall outside that range on the high and the low side.
Where From: Originated in Italy and Switzerland
Colors: The most common colour combination is red with white and black is common on ears and face.
Height: St. Bernard height is typically between 27½ inches to 35½ inches (70 to 90 cm) as measure at the withers.
Length: Reportedly (read unsubstantiated) the longest was 8 feet and 5 inches
Other Names: St. Bernhardshund and Bernhardiner as well as Alpine Mastiff
Records: In the middle of the 19th century the famous Plinlimmon was reportedly measured at a whopping 210 pounds (95 kg) and 341/2 inches (87.5 cm). An American purchased Plinlimmon for $7000.
The famous newspaper New York Times reported in 1895 that Major F, was measured and the staggering results were a length of 8 feet and 6 inches (2.59 m). If this claim is correct and the measurement properly conducted Major F. would still hold the World’s Longest Dog Ever record, even over Zorba who is currently in the Guinness Book of World Records as the heaviest dog ever at 343 pounds and measured 8 feet and 3 inches (251cm) from nose to tip of the tail.
Benedictine V Schwarzwald Hof (whew, image calling for him to come in!), was officially weighed at 315 pounds (143 kg) and was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1981.
Famous/Movies: From Wikipedia:
Bamse, a Norwegian dog honoured for exploits during World War II memorial statue in Montrose, Scotland where he died in 1944
Båtsman, in Astrid Lindgren’s story Vi på Saltkråkan
Barry, famous Alpine rescue dog
Beethoven (From the movie series of the same name)
Bernie, mascot of the Colorado Avalanche
Bernie “Saint” Bernard, mascot of the Siena Saints
Bolivar a/k/a Bornworthy and Bernie, Donald Duck’s non-anthropomorphic pet, and Bolivar’s son, Behemoth
Cujo, the rabid dog from the book Cujo and film of the same name. See generally, List of fictional dogs
George, from the 1971 movie George! and its 1972-74 spinoff TV Series.
Gumbo, team mascot for the New Orleans Saints
Nana, in the Disney and Columbia Pictures Peter Pan movies (but a Newfoundland in J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel)
Neil, the martini-slurping dog of George and Marion Kerby in Topper
Porthos, J.M. Barrie’s dog
Schnorbitz, on-stage partner of British comedian Bernie Winters during his later career
Schotzie & Schotzie “02″, beloved pets and mascots of Cincinnati Reds’ owner Marge Schott
Scipio of Orville Wright
Wallace (currently Wallace VI), mascot of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s)
Related Breeds: Newfoundland and English Mastiff
Temperament: Special care is required with any large dog breed so they are well socialized, both with other dogs and people other than their owners and especially children that are almost always much smaller. The breed is very loyal and friendly.
Health: Click on St. Bernard’s Health for more information
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